Lawrence S. Brown, Jr.

MD, MPH, DFASAM
Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of START Treatment & Recovery Centers (START), located in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Brown is responsible for leading the management of the agency congruent with the strategic direction of START’s Board of Trustees.   Overseeing all aspects of the corporation, including direct care and support systems of the agency, Dr. Brown’s scientific contributions have focused upon the sequelae of addiction and improving treatment of substance use disorders, resulting in hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and published abstracts, reflecting research sponsored by government and private industry.

His experience in non-profit governance includes past service as President and Board chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM); Board chair of the United States Anti-Doping Agency; Board member of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD); and Board member of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS.

At the federal level, Dr. Brown served as a member of the Drug Testing Advisory Board of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and has served on committees of the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Long before his consultation to various federal agencies, Dr. Brown was inducted into military service in the US Army.  This service lead to his receipt of a Bronze Star award for meritorious service in the Republic of Vietnam and an honorable discharge following his completion of his military obligations.

He is currently a member of New York State’s Public Health and Health Planning Council and the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council, following nominations by the NYS Governor and confirmations by the New York State Senate.

Dr. Brown is the recipient of multiple awards including being named the Addiction Medicine Physician of the Year by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.  The American College of Physicians, New York Academy of Medicine, the CPDD, and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology bestowed the distinction of Fellow on Dr. Brown. ASAM bestowed the recognition of Distinguished Fellow on Dr. Brown. He also serves as Medical Advisor to the National Football League.

Dr. Brown received a combined MD/MPH degree from New York University School of Medicine and Columbia University School of Public Health. After completing an internal medicine residency at Harlem Hospital and a fellowship in neuroendocrinology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he subsequently received academic appointments as associate physician at Rockefeller University Hospital and clinical associate professor of public health at Weill Cornell Medical College.